Educational outcomes for Wolverhampton's younger pupils look set to have improved again this year, according to early indications.
Data provided by local schools to the City of Wolverhampton Council suggests there has been increase in the proportion of children reaching a "good" level of development at the end of Reception in 2017 – which would mean outcomes have risen for the fifth year running.
At the same time, the proportion of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils reaching the expected level in reading, writing and mathematics also looks set to have increased again.
The final validated results will be published by the Government later this summer, but if the early indications are correct it would mean 2016-17’s Early Years and Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils have recorded the City's best ever results.
Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "Although this is un-validated data at this stage, the indications we are getting is very encouraging indeed and would amount to our best results.
“This is testament to the hard work of our schools, pupils and parents, and also shows the impact of the excellent work which is taking place between our School Standards Team and local schools to raise educational standards still further."
Last year, a higher proportion of 11-year-olds in Wolverhampton reached the expected level in reading, writing and mathematics at Key Stage 2 than anywhere else in the Black Country, with the City second only to Solihull in the West Midlands.
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